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School Notes: Yale Law School
September/October 2022

Heather K. Gerken |

New faculty join the Law School

Dean Heather K. Gerken has announced the appointment of Aslı Ü. Bâli ’99JD and Claudia Flores to the Yale Law School faculty, Bâli as professor and Flores as clinical professor. Prior to joining the Law School, Bâli was professor of law at UCLA School of Law, where she served as the founding faculty director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights and director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Flores was previously a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She served as United Nations legal advisor to the governments of East Timor and Zimbabwe and managed a USAID-funded program to combat human trafficking in Indonesia. 

National recognition for YLS faculty

Professor Justin Driver was elected to the 2022 class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Driver has a distinguished publication record in the nation’s leading law reviews. He has also written extensively for general audiences, including pieces in Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. In 2021, President Biden appointed Driver to serve on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professor Elizabeth K. Hinton was elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS) for her accomplishments in social sciences. Her research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in twentieth-century United States. She is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on criminalization and policing. Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for “promoting useful knowledge,” the APS is the oldest learned society in the United States. It elects fewer than 30 resident members annually.

The American Law Institute (ALI) elected Professor Cristina Rodríguez ’95, ’00JD, to its council, which identifies projects and activities to be accepted by the ALI and approves the work that represents the position of the institute. The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

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